One-Eyed Cookie Lab, nestled in Downtown Bellefontaine, has a delicious history rooted in a long love of cookies. Owner Jennifer Born Rachek says she has been obsessed with cookies since she was a little girl. Her passion traces back to the fond memories of her grandmother’s exceptional baking skills and Jennifer always dreamed of being able to create baked goods of the same caliber. The dream of recreating those delectable treats became a reality during the COVID era, which brought less of a commute, and she was able to spend more time in her “Cookie Lab.”
Beginning with online preorders, One-Eyed Cookie Lab quickly expanded to being a vendor at the Logan County Farmer’s Market. Jennifer met other bakers there and is thankful for their help and inspiration in her startup. Her love for the Farmer’s Market grew even more after becoming a vendor when she saw how friendly and supportive everyone – from the customers to the vendors to the market management – was. The Farmer’s Market also led to many other new friendships with a plethora of information and ideas and was a step towards getting their first wholesale account with Native Coffee. Eventually, One-Eyed Cookie Lab found its permanent home in Downtown Bellefontaine, where they are located at 118 East Court Avenue. If you are craving some of their ¼ pound cookies and aren’t in Downtown Bellefontaine, you can also find them at Gathering Grounds in Russells Point and The Depot Coffeehouse in Urbana.
Jennifer’s journey hasn’t been a solo endeavor. She extends special appreciation for three key people: her mother, her husband and Haley Thornburg. From packaging and delivering cookies to helping at the Farmer’s Market and eventually working at the store, Jennifer’s mother has played a pivotal role. Her husband’s patience and support when it comes to helping with their five fur babies, and with tasks such as laundry, dishes or even tracking down emergency supplies has been indispensable. Haley, an integral part of the team since before the brick and mortar opened, has been instrumental in the growth of One-Eyed Cookie Lab. Three other employees complete the One-Eyed Cookie Lab team.
One-Eyed Cookie Lab’s desire was to create something fun with all-natural products for the community that Jennifer calls home. She fell in love with the store front with great views of some of Bellefontaine’s staple buildings – The Holland Theatre, the Veteran’s building and of course, the Courthouse! As the first concrete street (which is where One-Eyed Cookie Lab is located on) is a popular tourist attraction in Logan County, the store has become a loved favorite, as well.
Please join us in congratulating One-Eyed Cookie Lab for being the Logan County Chamber of Commerce February Business of the Month!